MARCO PALMEZZANO
CHRIST AS THE MAN OF SORROWS
The oeuvre of Marco Palmezzano shows that he was familiar with the work of Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430–1516). He places here his Christ as the Man of Sorrows sitting on his own tomb. The landscape in the background provides a realistic setting, but does not as yet convey any sense of depth. The eye leaps from a rock formation in the foreground – enlivened by highly naturalistic renditions of plants – into a middle ground depicting a cloudy sky. Christ has opened his arms to reveal his stigmata. Palmezzano’s Christ as the Man of Sorrows is no longer disfigured by open wounds. This already hints at later depictions of Christ’s perfect physical beauty as a sign of his divine nature. Even though Palmezzano adopts this innovative approach, his sharp-edged style and handling of plasticity and space show him to be very much still caught up in the late Gothic style.
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Marco Palmezzano
Christ as the Man of Sorrows
Oil on panel
height 91 cm, width 63 cm
Signed bottom left: MARCHVS FOROLIVIENSIS
Inv.-No. GE878
Provenance: before 1909 private Venetian collection; 1909 acquired by Prince Johann II von Liechtenstein from Do. Barozzi in Venice
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